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Posted: Aug 17, 2017

Tosa Fire Department Tests New Fire Apparatus

We all enjoy opening our new toys and seeing how well they function. The Wauwatosa Fire Department is no different. Crews from Station 51 pulled out their newest truck and took it to Hart Park Wednesday, Aug. 16 to blast water into the summer air.
The water flew out of the 5-inch diameter hose at over 1,000 gallons a minute due to 105 pounds of pressure and topped out at about 80 feet in the air. The practice is normal procedure for the Tosa Fire Department.

The station uses Hart Park for the exercise in part because firefighters are able to return the water used directly to the Menomonee River.

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Posted: Aug 17, 2017

Walla Walla Professional Firefighters Union Raffles Rides to School in Old Fire Apparatus

An Aug. 10 post from Walla Walla Professional Firefighters Union Local 404 invites parents to comment on its original Facebook post that's raffling rides to school in its retired 1961 American LaFrance fire truck. Children are eligible who live in the city of Walla Walla and attend any kindergarten through fifth-grade school within the city.
Rides will be offered for the first three days of the Walla Walla Public School schedule Aug. 29-31.

The winners are picked up at home and delivered to their school.

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Posted: Aug 17, 2017

Bradenton (FL) Plant Builds Fire Apparatus for Agencies Around the World

A local manufacturing company builds emergency vehicles for agencies around the world -- and they're hiring. One of the Pierce Manufacturing plants is right here in Bradenton. The company was founded in 1913 in Appleton, WI. In 1999, the first firetruck was built at the Bradenton location.
It takes about 15 days to build a fire truck, which is about 1,100 to 2,000 hours of labor. It begins with the rolling chassis, where the engine, radiator and cab are mounted. Next is the cab testing station to test the air condition, start the truck for the first time, and run diagnostic tests. The company said their first priority is making sure firefighters are safe.
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Posted: Aug 17, 2017

Michigan Driver in Fire Apparatus Crash that Killed Two Pleads Guilty

The 29-year-old Michigan man driving a fire truck which rolled several times, resulting in the death of two passengers on Interstate 35W in Blaine last August, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation in Anoka County District Court Aug. 8.
Michael Allen Johnson, of Baraga, Michigan, was driving one of three fire trucks from Michigan to Utah to help combat a wildfire Aug. 27, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, a Coon Rapids firefighter witnessed the trucks speeding south down I-35W, traveling at an estimated 80 to 90 mph. He allegedly saw the third vehicle, driven by Johnson, swerve into the right lane three times before it traveled across traffic and attempted to correct itself, crashing into the median where the box separated from the cab and rolled multiple times on I-35W near 95th Avenue, the complaint states.

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Posted: Aug 17, 2017

Grand Rapids (MI) Fire Department Wants to Use Drones

The Grand Rapids Fire Department wants to add drones to its arsenal of tools used to investigate fires and aid in rescues. After the idea was publicly introduced in January, the department is now ready to move forward with a formal request for the equipment this fall.
First, the city must hold a public hearing due to its policies that govern any time the city adds new surveillance equipment.

Fire Department Chief John Lehman told the city commission this week that the drone would not be used on a daily basis.

"There's not someone out there that we're trying to model - we're attempting to be the model for departments in the state of Michigan," Lehman said in an interview with MLive.

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